San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Introduction – General Information – History
Article August 2, 2016 Part 1 – Part 2 |
Shops front the main tree-lined artery leading to the town plaza beckoning the passersby to stop, take a look, per chance to take home a new-found treasure. Indira Gems is a boutique jewelry store located just north of the Mission San José Church. Here, Isidro Sánchez creates unique pieces inspired by pre-Columbian cultures using natural elements.
This is the jeweler movie stars visit when they come to Los Cabos for one-of-a-kind wearable art. Silvermoon Gallery’s owner Armando Sanchez Icaza, is a master jeweler, who showcases vibrant Mexican folk art and introduces clients to the history of the artists and their ancestral traditions.
Visit El Mariachi Jewelry Factory if you want a custom piece of jewelry made for you, ready in 24 hours. Its several area locations ensure you can find whatever you want in the way of silver, gold, and leather goods, including handbags, wallets, and shoes.
San Jose del Cabo is home to some of the finest hotels and resorts to be found anywhere including the One & Only Palmilla located a few miles west of town. Other quality hotels worth mentioning include El Encanto Inn located in downtown along with Casa Natalia, a boutique hotel with upscale dining and services. For an all-inclusive hotel experience where food, drinks, and entertainment are all included, the Presidente Inter-Continental Los Cabos Resort (where you will find a turtle nursery), Crown Plaza Los Cabos Beach Resort, the Grand Baja Resort and Spa and Royal Solaris Resort Los Cabos are all located on the Sea of Cortés beachfront.
There are many activities to do and things to see in and around San Jose del Cabo that have earned tributes from locals and visitors alike such as the Farmers Market that takes place each Saturday from November through May in a large tree-shaded grassy area near downtown. This is a family affair with artisans, musicians, and food vendors. There are golf courses, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, and fishing, bird watching, and mountain bike rides.
A serene 2,000-acre estuary and bird sanctuary with over 250 species of birds, plus reptiles and marine life can be found here. Some of the birds are migratory and others are year-round residents. The fresh water, marshy lagoon is ringed by tall reed-like foliage and is fed by an underground river that has served the residents of the area for over 250 years. If you’re lucky you might see a great blue heron stretching and drying its expansive wings.
Wirikuta Botanical Garden is the sacred site of the Huichol Indians where a 12-acre park has been designed with thousands of cacti and succulents from deserts world-wide. It includes a great variety of species facing extinction. Consider renting bikes to ride around the 3.2 mile path to take in the nearby Sculpture Garden at Puerto Los Cabos.
Every trip to Los Cabos deserves a visit to San Jose del Cabo, where time goes by more slowly, where one can stroll about, unwind, relax, or do nothing and not feel guilty.
San Jose del Cabo – Part One
Article December 17, 2003